Whitman MBAs Win Annual Duke MBA Games For Second Consecutive Year

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Fifteen MBA students from the Whitman School of Management took first place at the annual Duke MBA Games this past weekend at Duke University in Durham, N.C., repeating their 2012 victory. The annual competition, which raises financial support for Special Olympics of North Carolina, culminates in a weekend-long competition among teams from the country’s top MBA programs. Rice University and Purdue University (Krannert) placed second and third, respectively.

The Whitman team raised more than $6,500 for Special Olympics and competed alongside Special Olympics athletes in events including a tug of war, soccer relay, dance competition, and bean bag toss. The competition resulted in more than $72,000 being donated to Special Olympics. Other competing schools included: Vanderbilt University (Owen), University of Virginia (Darden), Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper), Dartmouth College (Tuck), Columbia University, Penn State University (Smeal), University of Maryland (Smith), Babson College, and Duke University (Fuqua).

“We’re very proud that our team of Whitman full-time MBAs won the Duke MBA Games for the second year in a row,” says Amy McHale, director of experiential learning at Whitman. “Not only did they excel in the various challenges of the Games, but again were among the top fundraisers. The Games give our students an opportunity to network with students from several top-ranked programs and share ideas about student organizations, case interview preparation, and more.”

The Whitman team, consisting of both first- and second-year MBAs, is:

Weston Ijames, MBA ’13 (team leader)
Eliza Spencer, MBA ‘13
Stephen Neff, MBA ‘13
Rebecca Schied, MBA ‘13
Joshua Schultz, MBA ‘13
Asel Otunchieva, MBA ‘13
Shayna Blumenthal, MBA ‘13
Michelle Le, MBA ‘13
Jack Weigle, MBA ‘14
Sarah McGowan, MBA ‘14
Atul Gupta, MBA ‘14
Aayushi Chiripal, MBA ‘14
Justin Cuddeback, MBA ‘14
Siddhi Pradhan, MBA ‘14
Alex Gilbert, MBA ‘14
Carlos Ferrari, MBA ‘14